Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Dear Santa Claus,
Some of these books haven’t been released yet, but I think with your magical Santa powers we can find a way to get this to work? How about it? What if I leave you cookies and milk to compensate for your time?
I’ll Take Anything but Coals.
P.S. I’m just really looking forward to these books, so you know what I’ll
definitely probably be buying in 2018 if Santa doesn’t come through.
A Court of Frost and Sunlight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (#3.5)
Published: May 1st, 2018
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming spinoff novels.
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
At this point, I don’t think there’s anything Sarah J. Maas can put out in the Throne of Glass or A Court of Thorns and Roses series that I won’t buy (sometimes in multiple editions) and gobble up. For a second, I almost thought that we were going to the Winter Court instead of anticipating the Winter Solstice, which would have been great because I would love to see the other courts, but again: I’ll read anything she puts out.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices (#3)
Published: December 4th, 2018
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.
What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
I’m really sad the release date was pushed back, because I was really hoping to marathon this series earlier in 2018. Hopefully, I’ll be able to start Lady Midnight soon. If Lord of Shadows has a devastating cliffhanger I don’t want to hear about it, because I might have to push this series back until I have all the books instead of reading them sooner.
Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens (#1)
Published: August 27th, 2015
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
A beautiful cover? Check.
A Crown Prince? Check.
Do you need anything else? Nope.
Still, six books is a hefty investment of time. That could be a lot of room afforded for development, or I might be bored by the third one. We’ll just have to see, because I think even Santa can appreciate elemental magic.
Crazy Rich Asian by Kevin Kwan
Series: Crazy Rich Asians (#1)
Published: June 11th 2013
Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry.
Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.
I randomly came across Crazy Rich Asian one day, and the title has stuck with me since. The plot sounds so gloriously chick-lit, with a American-born Chinese girl discovering that her boyfriend is one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors. If this isn’t fun packaged in book form, what is?
Shadow Study by Maria V. Synder
Series: Soulfinders (#1); Study (#4)
Published: February 24th 2015
Once, only her own life hung in the balance…
When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.
Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.
I finished Poison Study not too long ago, so I’ve been eyeing Shadow Study here and there. I’ve heard some mixed things about the continuation, but if Santa wants to bring me the rest of the books, I’m not going to deny such generosity.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity (#1)
Published: July 5th, 2016
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
It appears that I’m slowly amassing a collection of Victoria Schwab’s books, so I might as well have them all. (Even if I haven’t read more than one.) This Savage Song does sound interesting, even though I’ve passed over it a few times. I want to read A Darker Shade of Magic first, but eventually I’ll make my way here if I continue to enjoy her beautiful writing. It’s just This Savage Song has
Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition by Hajime Isayama, Hikaru Suruga, & Gun Snark
Series: Attack on Titan: No Regrets (#1-2)
Published: December 19th, 2017
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
The story of Captain Levi, Attack on Titan’s most beloved character, collected in a single, 400-page hardcover in glorious full color!
The Complete, Color Saga of the Thief and the Soldier
In Attack on Titan, Erwin Smith and Captain Levi are an inseparable duo, the calculating brain and pumping heart of the Survey Corps. But their past was a mystery, until the release of the globally-acclaimed bestseller Attack on Titan: No Regrets. Years earlier, the young Erwin was an ambitious military ladder-climber and political prodigy, while Levi lived in another world under the elite’s feet, the Underground. In this place, humans are born and die surrounded by the garbage the Capital throws away, and only the lucky or the ruthless have a chance to emerge onto the surface and see the Sun. Under a fierce exterior, Levi longs for a life of dignity for himself and his friends, while Erwin’s lifelong obsession with the Titans drives him to depths of moral ambiguity. The two men’s collision course will lead to tension, tragedy, and the greatest team of Titan-fighters humanity will ever know.
You don’t need this.
You don’t need this.
(takes a lot at the cover)
You totally need this.
Levi in full color is a glorious Levi. Hikaru Suruga draws one of my favorite manga characters so beautifully that I can’t imagine this edition will do anything but enhance the experience. It might be my third version of the same content, but Levi, okay.
My Hero Academia Volume 9 by Kohei Horikoshi
Series: My Hero Academia (#9)
Published: August 1st, 2017
Publisher: Viz Media LLC
What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?
It’s off to summer camp for Midoriya and the U.A. students! But this is no ordinary vacation—it’s high-impact training where the students are expected to develop their Quirks even further! The teachers have set up some tough challenges, but none will be as difficult and as life changing as the threat a new group of enemies poses. What’s even worse is who the villains’ target is and why…
I’m so excited for season three, but I also want to own this volume in my collection as well. It has some of my favorite scenes inside its strange purple cover. I can’t wait of the anime to return so I can see this content animated.
Burned by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever (#7)
Published: January 20th 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.
MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.
When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.
Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.
It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.
I’m almost concerned that I’m making a terrible decision not stopping at Shadowfever, but if I enjoy the rest of the books like I enjoyed Darkfever, I don’t think I have a choice. I’ll have to continue reading, whether or not Karen Marie Moning drives me insane. I haven’t read many urban fantasy books before this series, but I certainly haven’t felt this invested in such a large amount of books in a long time.
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms (#6)
Published: February 8th, 2018
As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.
Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.
Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.
Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.
Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?
If we’re going to read this series, we’re going to read it right. (Series marathon!) Since I somehow collected the first five books of Falling Kingdoms, one more can’t hurt, can it? Either way, I want to make it a priority to read at least the first book before buying the last one. Just in case I actually do end up with a deep regret for starting it, I’ll have saved myself from paying the price of at least one out of six books.